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17 Central Oklahoma Mayors Form Group for Planning

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

17 Central Oklahoma Mayors Form Group for Planning

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Seventeen Central Oklahoma mayors Monday afternoon put their signatures on a resolution creating "Metromayors 2000," a new organization they hope will help them compare notes as they plan for the future.

In a meeting called by Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick, the mayors agreed to "recognize the need for a forum for mutual discussion of problems and concerns facing their municipalities. . ."

"We didn't talk about anything in great depth. That wasn't the purpose of this meeting," Norick said after the one-hour, closed-door session at City Hall.

Norick said the recent flap over proposed solid waste flow fees which would be charged to cities using landfills in Oklahoma City did figure into his decision to call Monday's meeting, but he said even if there is a lawsuit on the issue he hopes the group can look beyond that problem.

"Filling up landfills is eventually going to involve every one of us," Norick said. "We ought to address it together."

He said if a solution is waste-to-energy plants or some other alternative, all the cities involved should participate.

Metromayors 2000 will study and discuss the cities' water and sewer needs, streets and maintenance, police and fire services, even code enforcement and computer services.

"No city is an island unto itself," said Richard Riley, mayor of Mustang. "We're all going to have to live here."

Midwest City Mayor Charlie Wier said he looks forward to discussions of a common landfill or other solid waste disposal alternative, "with each city contributing to a fund to pursue this concept."

Such a regional plan would include input from county commissioners, Wier said. …

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